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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:38 PM

Holding a Gun Makes You Think Others Are Too, New Research Shows

Wielding a gun increases a person's bias to see guns in the hands of others, new research from the University of Notre Dame shows.

Notre Dame Associate Professor of Psychology James Brockmole, who specializes in human cognition and how the visual world guides behavior, together with a colleague from Purdue University, conducted the study, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

In five experiments, subjects were shown multiple images of people on a computer screen and determined whether the person was holding a gun or a neutral object such as a soda can or cell phone. Subjects did this while holding either a toy gun or a neutral object such as a foam ball.
The researchers varied the situation in each experiment -- such as having the people in the images sometimes wear ski masks, changing the race of the person in the image or changing the reaction subjects were to have when they perceived the person in the image to hold a gun.

Regardless of the situation the observers found themselves in, the study showed that responding with a gun biased observers to report "gun present" more than did responding with a ball. Thus, by virtue of affording the subject the opportunity to use a gun, he or she was more likely to classify objects in a scene as a gun and, as a result, to engage in threat-induced behavior, such as raising a firearm to shoot.

"Beliefs, expectations and emotions can all influence an observer's ability to detect and to categorize objects as guns," Brockmole says. "Now we know that a person's ability to act in certain ways can bias their recognition of objects as well, and in dramatic ways. It seems that people have a hard time separating their thoughts about what they perceive and their thoughts about how they can or should act."
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120321152627.htm

And this makes the whole world look like wild, wild, west if you have a gun. If you are nervous and have not had training, you are probably even more likely to see things.















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Are_grits_groceries Mar 2012 OP
xchrom Mar 2012 #1
RoccoR5955 Mar 2012 #4
Remmah2 Mar 2012 #10
RoccoR5955 Mar 2012 #14
Remmah2 Mar 2012 #16
barbtries Mar 2012 #2
HockeyMom Mar 2012 #3
spin Mar 2012 #5
mainer Mar 2012 #7
spin Mar 2012 #18
HockeyMom Mar 2012 #9
spin Mar 2012 #17
barbtries Mar 2012 #20
barbtries Mar 2012 #21
ZombieHorde Mar 2012 #6
Rex Mar 2012 #8
moriah Mar 2012 #11
Zalatix Mar 2012 #12
Remmah2 Mar 2012 #13
thesquanderer Mar 2012 #15
X_Digger Mar 2012 #19

Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:43 PM

1. Du rec. Nt

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Response to xchrom (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:05 PM

4. A gun in one's pocket is no

substitute for proper genitalia. For many men, it's an extension of his one eyed trouser snake.

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:28 PM

10. It's funny, someone mentions guns, gun prohibitionist immediatly think genitals...................

 

hmmmm.................................

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Response to Remmah2 (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:13 PM

14. Not a prohibitionist, I just don't need to carry EVERYWHERE.

Unlike some of us. THAT'S the REAL reason.
Gun nuts always put me down for this.
It's not like I'm gonna meet up with a bear on my way home, that I need to carry one all the time. It's not like I'm gonna get ripped off any time.
My experience is that people who carry all the time use it as a substitute for their gonads.

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:58 PM

16. I think I carried twice in like 20 years.

 

I don't like the abuse I hear. It's like it almost encourages people. On the flip side, I don't have a anxiety attack if I see a gun butt poke out of someone's shirt.

Is that a gun in your pocket or are you happy to see me........................

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:44 PM

2. I'm coming very slowly to the realization

that just because i don't have a gun, not on my person, not in my car, not in my home (i try to live a gun free life), it doesn't mean that the people all around me aren't armed. just last week i was forced to acknowledge that my downstairs neighbor most certainly DOES have a gun for instance.

so i guess it goes both ways.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:01 PM

3. As a non-gun owning person,

living with a lifetime member of the NRA, guns all over, who even makes his own bullets, NOTHING surprises me. I ALWAYS assume everyone else around me is armed, and I need to be very, very careful living in a Castle Doctrine, Stand your Ground State like Florida. I am a NYC native and cannot understand their paranoria and fear. I could never live my life like that, and haven't.

May I repeat this. I am from NYC and NEVER lived my life in fear going anywhere I wanted, at all times of the day and night without a GUN, yet some of you people in FAR LESS DANGEROUS places in the country, cannot be without your guns?

Sorry, I cannot and will not ever agree with you, or my husband.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:16 PM

5. Out of curiosity, have you went to the range with your husband ...

and tried shooting.

Most women enjoy the experience and many find it empowering.

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Response to spin (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:24 PM

7. I've shot rifles with my son, but it's only empowering as long as you hold the gun.

I sure am not going to lug a heavy weapon around with me every day on the 1 out of a million chance someone suddenly decides to shoot at me. Fun on the gun range doesn't translate to empowerment anywhere else.

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Response to mainer (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:38 PM

18. That's your choice and it's fine by me.

I could point out that many people who legally carry concealed carry an extremely light handgun. A heavy handgun is uncomfortable and I would have to have real concern about being attacked to carry something like a full sized 1911 style .45 auto or a large frame revolver. Since I have little fear of ever being attacked, I carry a S&W airweight snub nosed revolver chambered in .38 Special. I just drop this little revolver and its holster into my pants pocket when I leave the house.

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Response to spin (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:26 PM

9. Yes, many times when I was young

It held no interest to me and that is why I stopped. I am not going to do something I don't like to do just to please somebody else. I don't ask HIM to do that for me.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:29 PM

17. That's fair. (n/t)

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:46 PM

20. i don't know how you do it

but you must really love each other! lol
an old boyfriend years ago thought he could get me to change my mind. when i saw the guns in the closet, i said i told you i will not have a gun in my house...he tried telling me he'd move out but i said okay, bye, and he got rid of them.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:51 PM

21. i'm sorry,

agree with me about what?

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:23 PM

6. Interesting. nt

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:25 PM

8. Well of course, you want to kill someone and need

ANY kind of excuse...oh look that bag of skittles COULD BE A GUN!

I wish there was some way to keep guns out of the hands of gunnuts. Wishful thinking.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:41 PM

11. Would be interested to see if there's a difference....

.... if they had them not actually holding it in the hands -- the palms have a lot of sensory input to the brain -- but wearing one instead. The most salient advice given to people planning to carry is that drawing a weapon is making the decision to use it. I would be interested to see if not having it in your hands -- aka, not drawing or going for the draw -- made a difference.

Oh, wait, I just now RTFA'ed.

"The researchers showed that the ability to act is a key factor in the effects by showing that simply letting observers see a nearby gun did not influence their behavior; holding and using the gun was important."

Interesting, looks like the standard advice to not go for a weapon until you're ready to use it has scientific validity.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:53 PM

12. I own 2 guns and I don't feel that way.

 

I don't feel like I've got power over everyone, I don't feel the need to be aggressive, or any of that crap.

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Response to Zalatix (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:56 PM

13. Funny, mine have been locked in the cabinet for 11 MONTHS now.

 

We moved last year. I've spent most of the year on honey-do list and painting. Somehow with all that brush time I don't feel like painting a Picaso.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:55 PM

15. You always see the world as "like you"

When I was single, I tended to assume people I met were single.

When I was married, I tended to assume people I met were married.

It's a funny phenomenon.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:09 PM

19. Put a plastic gun in someone's hand and have them watch a video..

How many of them are thinking (since they don't know the nature of the study) that there's a video game angle?

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